The Chosen

The Chosen

Sons (Robby Benson, Barry Miller) of Zionist and rabbi (Rod Steiger) are friends in 1940s Brooklyn.

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The Chosen


Drama108 Mins1981PG

Danny (Robby Benson) and Reuven (Barry Miller) become good friends, even though they are from different branches of Judaism. Danny, a Hasidic Jew, meets Reuven, a Zionist, while playing stickball. Although they have differences, their friendship grows strong. When they reach college, outspoken support by Reuven's professor father (Maximilian Schell) for a national Jewish state causes conflicts with Danny's conservative father (Rod Steiger), leading to tension for the friends.


  • Endearing
  • Fascinating
  • Touching
  • Offbeat